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Thursday, July 09, 2009

We’ll get an update on the G8 summit in Italy from John Peet, editor of the Economist, followed by a look at President Obama's trip to Russia. The co-writers of "Shrek the Musical" talk about adapting a hit movie franchise into a Broadway show. Then, the story of Pyotr Smirnov, an uneducated serf in Czarist Russia who founded a vodka distillery and became one of country's wealthiest and most prominent merchants. Plus, this week’s Underreported looks at Pakistan's refugee crisis and Backstory goes over the history of coups in Central America.

G8 Expectations

The leaders of the world's richest economies have gathered in L'Aquila, Italy to discuss problems they all face, including the economic slump and climate change. John Peet, European editor of the Economist, joins us to look at what’s come out of the G8 meeting so far and what ...

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From Russia with Love

Before President Obama went to Italy, he headed to Russia. We look at what came out of Obama's visit and what the meeting means for both countries with Steven Cohen, contributing editor to the Nation and author of Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the Cold War. ...

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Shrek the Musical

David Lindsay-Abaire, who wrote the book and lyrics, and Jeanine Tesori, who wrote the music for "Shrek the Musical," talk about the Broadway production, based on the story and characters from William Steig's book Shrek!, as well as the DreamWorks Animation film "Shrek," the first of the "Shrek" movie series. ...

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King of Vodka

Linda Himelstein depicts Russia's golden age through the eyes of the former serf-turned vodka entrepreneur, Pyotr Arsenievich Smirnov. Her book King of Vodka: The Story of Pyotr Smirnov and the Upheaval of an Empire tells his story, from his early days as a small-time liquor peddler to one of ...


Underreported: Pakistan's Humanitarian Crisis

The Pakistani government's campaign against Taliban insurgents has created over 2 million internally displaced refugees in Pakistan. On today's Underreported we'll speak with Dominic MacSorley, who recently returned from Mardan District in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province. He is Director of Operations of Concern Worldwide USA.


Backstory: Coups in Central America

Though the recent coup in Honduras is the first to take place in Central America since the end of the Cold War, the incident is part of a long history of political upheaval and military-sponsored coups in the region. On today's Backstory we'll put the turmoil in Honduras into historical ...

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